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The Voice of Philadelphia Sports has been silenced. This is a sad day for the Litwins. I have lost an incredible mentor whom I met back in the early 50s when I visited the Robin Roberts Show at Channel 10. Mr. Campbell — as I called him — took a few minutes after the first show I attended, and answered every question that 7-year-old had. Yes, I already knew I wanted to be in radio and I loved listening to Bill Campbell on the radio and watching him on WCAU-TV. He made sure¬†I met my pitching idol, personally. Over the years, I was fortunate enough to stay in touch and eventually that casual relationship grew into an incredible friendship — especially when he was on the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association Board of Governors. Thanks to Bill, I became friends with my beloved Robbie, too — No. 36. He often reminded me of that.

Bill’s passing has left a void in so many lives. He taught me so much — especially how to call football play-by-play (although baseball was my favorite sport) and an unmatched work ethic. He stressed preparation, preparation preparation and writing writing writing. He told me to become a good writer one must be an avid reader. Advice I tell my students and advice I keep with me every single day. “Soupy” was and remains a GIANT among giants. His legacy will live on for generations.

May Bill and Jo Campbell be a Blessed memory.

[To comment: larry at larrylitwin dot com]

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